PAKISTAN HOLDS AFGHAN MEETING WITH US, CHINA AND RUSSIA
12 November 2021
After India held talks on Afghanistan with diplomats from seven countries including Russia, Pakistan has held a similar meeting with bigger pliers. Pakistan and China had declined India’s invitation to speak at the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue but organised their own meeting with the US, China, and Russia participating along with representatives from Afghanistan.
Taliban’s incumbent foreign minister Amir Khan Muttqi represented Afghanistan in the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf. “China supports Pakistan in hosting the extended troika meeting”, said China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. “We support all efforts conducive for stability in Afghanistan to building up consensus in the world”, he added. “In view of the prevalent situation, Pakistan has been urging the international community to urgently provide humanitarian assistance and economic support to alleviate the sufferings of the Afghan people,” said Pakistan’s foreign office in a statement that was issued. Pakistan’s minister Mahmood Qureshi said “No one wishes to see a relapse into civil war; no one wants an economic collapse that will spur instability”.
The meeting centered around the relations between Afghanistan and the countries around it. It focused on trade, commerce, cross-border movement and regional connectivity. Last week, Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf had declined India’s invitation to speak in Delhi and provocatively said “a spoiler can’t be a peacemaker”.
Tony News Desk
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